Thursday, December 31, 2015

Goodbye 2015...

Another year has come and gone.


As with everything, some are good and some are bad.  2015 falls in the lower bucket for me.  There were a lot of changes at my job that directly affected me.  Finances continued to rear their ugly heads in the worst way.  I really struggled with my health and fitness.  There were some moments of depression.  There was no motivation to do anything and I let things get way out of control.


Over the past week I did some serious thinking on how things were going.  I turn 40 in June and, while I've never really been concerned with the number, I feel a lot older than that.  I really don't feel like I'm having fun with life.


So I'm making some changes.


"Change" is my word to live by in 2016.  More on that later.


The first change was getting back into blogging and really putting some heart and soul into it.


The second change... well... we'll get to that in good time :)


So I leave you with this...


I hope you and your family have a happy, healthy, and prosperous New Year!




~AKO



Thursday, December 10, 2015

Did I Really Do That?

Sometimes you can really surprise yourself when your kid is really counting on it.  I don't really consider myself to be an artsy or creative type of person let alone have the patience to pull anything even remotely Pinterest worthy off.  But, I have to say, I actually accomplished something that I'm pretty damn proud of.

It all started with a picture that a few people posted on my Facebook timeline about a month or so before Halloween...

I can't seem to find who to give credit to for this picture, so if you know, please let me know so I can add it.

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Best. Day. Ever.

Back in October, I had my first experience attending the New York Comic Con (NYCC).  I have been to conventions in the past so I had some idea of what to expect, but experiencing it was a whole different story.

I had always been under the impression these conventions were focused on comic books and that whole world, which I was not at all interested in.  My husband, on the other hand, has a full tote with nothing but comic books that he has collected over the years.  He is a bit like a comic book ninja.  I always seem to find random comic books that he has bought laying around the house.  I don't even know when he buys them!

Over the years, Freddy has always expressed an interest in going to the NYCC but he always had reserve duty during that weekend.  This year?  No reserve duty!  Well, turns out, when you try to buy tickets a month before the event, your options are few and far between.  There were only Thursday tickets left so I had this grand plan for us to take the day off work, take Marshall out of school, and have a fun-filled day in the city getting our nerd on at NYCC.

Saturday, November 28, 2015

A New Look

As you can see by my blog archive, it has been a long time since I have been consistently active on this blog.  I have wanted to get back into it for awhile now, but I just didn't like the way it looked and I definitely don't have the expertise or skill to make it look more than some guy writing in his garage designed it.  So, I decided to jump in and pay for someone with some skills to redesign my little blog.  And I couldn't be happier with the end result!

So, I give you the newly redesigned The Calm Before the Storm!

Friday, September 11, 2015

Remembering 9/11

As we remember those lost on this 14th anniversary of 9/11, so many things go through my mind every year.  As I'm commuting into work, I can't help but remember every step I took that day.  14 years later I still remember every minute like it was yesterday.